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Volunteer Work Is Good for Your Brain

Only about 25 percent of Americans volunteer,1 despite the fact that doing good for others stands to benefit everyone involved. Volunteer work is unique in that it often involves social, physical and cognitive dimensions, and research has shown that retired seniors who engage in activities that require moderate effort in two or more of these dimensions ....

Real Food Is a Potent Ally Against Depressionq

According to the World Health Organization, depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide,1,2 affecting an estimated 322 million people globally, including more than 16 million Americans, 6 million of which are seniors.3 Statistics also reveal we're not being p ....

Daffodils Contain Potent Alkaloid

You may be surprised to learn that daffodils are not only being admired as lovely harbingers of spring, but also, according to new research, as plants with potent cancer-fighting potential. It turns out daffodils contain a natural alkaloid called haemanthamine (HAE) that inhibits the protein production cancer cells depend on to grow and flourish. Although daffodils have been used medici ....

Grass Fed Dairy Study Shows How Much Better It Really Is

If you've heard about omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, you may be aware that while they're essential human nutrients, consuming too much omega-6s and not enough omega-3s can raise your risk of developing heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The trouble is, the majority of Americans eat 10 to 15 times the amount of omega-6s compared to what they eat in omega-3s. According to a recent stu ....

Unique Care Facilities Offer Hope for Dementia Patients

Like autism among children, Alzheimer’s among seniors has reached epidemic proportions, with no slowdown in sight. On the contrary, evidence suggests the trend is worsening. At present, Alzheimer’s affects about 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.1 The World Health Organization predicts that by 2050, 1 in 6 adu ....

Is Nonalcoholic Beer an Effective Recovery Drink?

Is it possible nonalcoholic beer was partly responsible for Germany’s success in the 2018 Winter Olympics? According to German ski team doctor Johannes Scherr,1 the answer is a resounding yes. Scherr says nearly all of his athletes drink nonalcoholic beer during training and some continued drinking it as a recovery beverage during the Winter Games. R ....

What Is Red Cedarwood Oil Used For?

Don't be fooled by the name, but red cedarwood oil comes from a type of juniper tree (Juniperus virginiana),1 a member of the Cupressaceae or cypress family. These trees, which grow 30 to 65 feet tall, can be found in the U.S.,2 where they are commonly known as the Eastern red cedar. Essential oils made from cedar trees ....

10 Things to Do Daily to Help Your Brain

Even though your brain affects everything you do, you probably don't give it — literally — much thought. Clever pun aside, how often do you actually consider what your brain may need to stay healthy? Given the fact your brain impacts all aspects of your life — from happiness and health, to relationships and rest — it's important you understand how to take care of it. While aging ....

Is It Beneficial to Eat Soil?

The rates of infectious diseases that are unresponsive to the antibiotics used to treat them continue to skyrocket. Drug-resistance and super bugs abound. Simply stated, drug resistance results when infection-causing bacteria, fungi, parasites or viruses evolve and become immune to the drugs once used to destroy them. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)....

Chew on Cardamom

Cardamom is a spice that, if not relatively unknown in the U.S., could be termed as one that’s used very seldom. In the culinary world, however, cardamom is recognized as an ancient and sought-after seasoning that originated in tropical parts of India, Nepal, South Asia and the Middle East. Packaged in a rather large, odd-shaped pod, cardamom is renowned as the third-most expensive s ....

86 Percent of Teens Are Loaded With Gender-Bending Chemicals

Bisphenol-A (BPA) was first created by a Russian chemist in 1891, but wasn't used in the manufacture of products until the 1950s when it was used to produce resilient and often transparent plastics. Today, BPA is found in countless personal care products, water bottles, cashier receipts and the lining of canned goods. Although research shows BPA is detrimental to human health, the mar ....

Overmedicating Our Elders

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports,1 you may be in the minority if you don't regularly take a prescription drug. In a sample of nearly 2,000 American adults, more than half regularly took prescription medications and the average adult took four. The total number of prescriptions filled by Americans increased by 85 percent from 1997 to ....

Helping People Eat Healthy Food Is Illegal

While living in California, Heather Kokesch Del Castillo made a living as a holistic health coach, founding Constitution Nutrition in 2014 and providing one-on-one health coaching for clients. No licensing is required in California to provide dietary counseling, but Del Castillo sought out licensing privately anyway and completed a certification program in New York for holistic health ....

Magnesium — One of the Most Important Nutrients for Heart Health

Magnesium deficiency is extremely common, and recent research shows even subclinical deficiency can jeopardize your heart health. Magnesium is also important for brain health, detoxification, cellular health and function, and the optimization of your mitochondria. In short, magnesium has enormous potential to influence your health and general well-being, especially the prevention ....

Help Regulate Blood Pressure With Celery Seeds

Most people are familiar with the fragrant and flavorful celery, but not everyone knows that its seeds are just as useful and as nutritious as the plant’s stalks. Celery seed has been especially famous in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, where it is used as a diuretic, cold remedy and an anti-inflammatory medicine. But while celery seeds are well-known in Eastern medic ....

Eat Red! Your heart will thank you

When it comes to what you eat, rich red whole foods can bless you not only with deliciousness, but also with a healthy heart. Eat your heart out! When it comes to heart health and your diet, think red. Although there are some notable exceptions (think processed, cured meats like sausage and cold cuts), there’s a wide range of red foods rich in heart-hea ....

Dog Almost Dies From Human Hair Dye — What Does That Tell You?

Just because a product is sold over-the-counter in stores, it does not mean it’s safe. There are nearly 13,000 chemicals found in personal care products sold in the U.S., and only 10 percent have been tested for safety. To compound the problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the ability to regulate personal care products only after a product has demonstrated harm.....

Surprising Sources of Air Pollution

Air pollution is an insidious problem that doesn't recognize borders and travels thousands of miles. In fact, Americans are producing less pollution but experiencing greater amounts of smog on the West Coast, the result of pollutants originating in Asian countries.1 In 1991, the U.S. and Canada entered into an agreement to address transboundary air p ....